Demand for IT pros expected to increase in 2013 and beyond

Information Technology professionals are expected to benefit from growing demand for their skills and expertise in the coming year – and for the foreseeable future.

Building on a already-strong 2012, the race to secure IT talent will likely accelerate heading into 2013, with demand particularly high for professionals with software and application development skills. The trend will continue to push compensation higher for many positions in the IT space, according to new salary data from Adecco’s 2013 Salary Guide.

Base pay for many senior developer positions has increased in the range of 10 percent to 20 percent or more over the last two years. In some markets or industries, demand is outpacing the available talent, providing job seekers even more leverage to negotiate base salary, benefits, or packages that are bonus eligible. Improved job prospects and recruiting efforts are also prompting more IT professionals to test the job market, making retention of top talent a growing issue for some employers.

Hot jobs include:

Applications developers who can build or customize apps to run systems more efficiently or reliably. Demand is particularly acute for mobile app developers.

Oracle developers who are expert in the suite of development tools released by the Oracle Corporation.

Software engineers skilled in designing, modifying, writing, implementing and supporting software programming and applications.

Big data experts, or “data ninjas” with expertise to manage, analyze, leverage and measure data to deliver business insights and drive better results.

Organizations are also increasingly looking for IT pros with expertise and experience in “open source programming languages,” which often allows for more flexibility and ease-of-use to run programs.

In some instances, the demand for senior IT pros is creating a positive trickle-down effect for entry-level or less experienced candidates. Recruiters say that companies facing talent shortages or budget constraints are sometimes hiring recent graduates or less experienced IT professionals, and then providing necessary training.

Current projections point to a promising future in the sector, building off the more than 100,000 new tech jobs created in the first half of 2012. Over the span of 2010 to 2020, the U.S. economy could create as many as 758,800 new computer and IT jobs -- a 22 percent increase -- the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in its “Outlook on job growth” released last March.

That growth may be driven in large part by the health-care industry, with the Bureau projecting that “health care and social assistance,” category will account for about 28 percent of all new jobs in the US economy by 2020. The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act – expected to be implemented with the recent re-election of Barack Obama – could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Many of those new positions will be IT-related, as health-care and related companies move to comply with the new law.

Still, beyond health-care growth, skilled IT professionals can expect plentiful job opportunities with solid compensation across many industries. Technology has become the vital engine that drives many organizations. Professionals who can make that engine run as smoothly and efficiently as possible will be well positioned for strong career growth for the foreseeable future. 

For more information, please contact your local Adecco Information Technology representative today.